Hospitalists are board-certified physicians who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients requiring admission from the Emergency Department, the patient's home, physician's office or another facility. Hospitalists do not have practices outside the hospital; therefore they are always available in the hospital to see hospitalized patients and their families as often as necessary.
Primary care physicians may choose to ask the hospitalist to serve as the attending physician for their patients who are admitted to the hospital. In addition, patients who need to be admitted to the hospital who do not have a primary care physician, or their primary care physician is not on staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, may be admitted to the hospitalist service.
Our hospitalist service operates on a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week schedule. Our team of ten board-certified internists and four advanced nurse practitioners work together to provide care in a well coordinated and seamless manner for patients over the age of 17.
Hospitalists will communicate with primary care physicians as needed during patients' hospital visits. Upon discharge, the hospitalists strive to provide prompt information regarding the hospitalization, including a faxed medication list and a brief synopsis, as well as dictated final case summaries in a timely manner. Patients are encouraged to follow up with their personal primary care providers within one to four weeks, as appropriate for their needs; therfore, prescriptions are limited to 30 days.